Monday, August 27, 2007

Is the Discipline of Solitude Working in You?

How would you define Solitude?

What gets in the way of you getting away for some Solitude?

The Discipline of Solitude is the practice of our “waiting for God” to act and complete His will, so our focus is on Him and then He fills us. This is an aspect of private prayer and worship, but instead of doing the talking we cling to Christ in silence and do the listening. This means we still ourselves to hear what God has to say. This is about our willingness to be examined by God, to hear His voice and see His call because we have moved anything that is in the way of Him. This is best served when we understand God’s holiness and pause and have expectancy as His faithful, as if we are waiting for the sentence rendered by a jury or judge. But the sentence is great for they will see God! For this to happen we must still our rashness and busyness so the center of our being, our mind, will and emotions is focused on Christ and His will. Our will and desires are the things that have all of our attention and direction that need to be quieted before our Holy Lord so He can fill us up. It is all about Him and not about me! In this way, The Holy Spirit can motivate and also examine our attitudes, to see if there is room, (and there should be lots of it) for improvement in our relationships with both God and those around us!

Principle Scriptures on the Discipline of Solitude: Psalm 4:7; 46; 130; Habakkuk 2:20; Matthew 5:8 6: 4-7; Mark 3:13; 6:31-32, 46; Luke 6:12; John 3:30; Galatians 1:13-17

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